Mole Hill is one of my favourite Vancouver neighbourhoods. It’s a David and Goliath story of how residents and many groups battled for years against all odds (and the City) to make this happen. They won. It is still a great model of sustainable development. The City agrees. In fact to hear them talk now, you’d think it was their idea. Taking a tour there this Saturday.
Saturday, June 12, 10am to 12noon
What is edible landscaping? Are back alleys and school grounds potential food production sites? How does a farmers’ market fit into a neighbourhood? Join author Spring Gillard and architect Sean McEwan as we explore Mole Hill, a unique urban housing project in Vancouver’s west end; a neighbhourhood that incorporated sustainable agriculture into its planning and design. The Mole Hill project includes the restoration of 26 houses, creation of 170 units of affordable housing, a child-care precinct, community gardens in the back alley and greenlinks. There is also a supportive housing and day care program for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
We will then walk by the school gardens at Lord Roberts School on our way to the West End Farmers’ market. Tara McDonald, Executive Director of Vancouver Farmers’ Markets will give us the low down on this successful market. There will be time afterwards to fill up your cloth shopping bags with farm fresh produce.
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